Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:52 AM EDT2014-07-22 10:52:07 GMT
The state's vehicle inspection law is now coming under closer scrutiny, with critics saying it's not necessary and unenforceable.More >>
Every day, hundreds of Mississippians get their cars inspected to make sure they are in proper driving condition. Also every day, hundreds of others don't. The state's vehicle inspection law is now coming under closer scrutiny, with critics saying it's not necessary and unenforceable.More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:06 PM EDT2014-07-23 00:06:03 GMT
On Tuesday, a public hearing was held about the controversial TANF drug testing law. Implementation of this law has been delayed. Many who attended the hearing expressed concerns that they've had sinceMore >>
Many who attended the hearing expressed concerns that they've had about the TANF drug testing law since the legislative session.More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:48 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:48:33 GMT
A Wayne county businessman that was wanted by authorities has died. Joseph Barnett's attorney, Katie Dickerson, confirmed that Barnett died at a Jackson hospital around 4 o'clock Tuesday morning. BarnettMore >>
A Wayne county businessman that was wanted by authorities has died.More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:54:03 GMT
The Lamar County Sheriff's Department narcotics unit has made nearly a dozen arrests during a month long investigation. According to Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel, the narcotics unit has conductedMore >>
The Lamar County Sheriff's Department narcotics unit has made nearly a dozen arrests during a month long investigation. More >>
(RNN) - Fred Stobaugh isn't a singer, but he is a man who was struck by love and 75 years later, still hasn't recovered.
Stobaugh, 96, met his sweetheart, Lorraine, at a car hop at an Illinois root beer stand in 1938.
"She was the prettiest girl I ever saw … I just fell in love with her right there," Stobaugh said in a YouTube video produced by Green Shoe Studio.
They dated for two years and married, spending more than seven decades as man and wife.
Along the way, they had children and grandchildren in an all-around happy life Stobaugh says felt like a dream.
"It felt kind of unreal, dreaming or something. But it was real, that's all I can say. It was real," he said.
The final chapter of their love story closed when Lorraine died earlier this year just shy of their 73rd wedding anniversary. Stobaugh channeled his feelings of love and loss, grief and gratitude for the years they had together, writing a love song in her memory titled Oh Sweet Lorraine.
"After [Lorraine] passed away, I was sitting in the front room one evening by myself … it just came to me almost. I just kept humming it and singing it," Stobaugh said. "It seemed like it just fit her."
Around the same time, Green Shoe Studio in Peoria, IL, held a songwriting contest for aspiring musicians.
"I thought I'd just write a letter and send it in, never thinking I'd get an answer," Stobaugh said.
But he sent the lyrics in anyway.
In a digital age where most musicians send MP3's and YouTube videos, his entry stood out for its sheer simplicity.
"People are supposed to upload their videos, but instead of a video, we received a very large manila envelope," said Jacob Colgan, with Green Shoe Studios. "Lo and behold, it was a letter from a 96-year-old man who said 'I've written a song for my wife.'
"Green Shoe Studio decided to take Fred's lyrics and bring them to life. We decided to put them to professional music, professionally record it, we wanted to have a professional singer sing on this song."
Because it wasn't a video, Stobaugh's entry didn't meet the criteria for the songwriting contest. But Colgan, touched by Stobaugh's story, decided to record it anyway.
"He goes 'Oh, that's so great. But how much is this going to cost me? I don't have any money.' I said, 'Fred, you misunderstand me. We're going to do all this for free.' He began to cry on the phone and ask 'Why would you do this for me?'" Colgan said.
Colgan transformed Stobaugh's heartfelt lyrics into a polished song.
"I probably spent more time with his song than most other people's songs. To be honest, I was a little nervous taking it to him," Colgan said.
"Because it meant so much to him, it meant so much to me."
Monday, July 14 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-07-14 22:46:49 GMT
The state auditor's office has begun the process of reviewing the city of Hattiesburg's annual audit, according to spokesperson Brett Kittredge. "There were some serious findings, and that's why theyMore >>
A letter dated July 11to auditor Stacey Pickering from council president Kim Bradley said the independent review was sought "to verify the audit findings and to determine whether the qualified opinions are merited."More >>
Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:27 AM EDT2014-07-23 11:27:59 GMT
On this day in history - July 23rd, 1962 - Walter Cronkite gives the first public transatlantic television broadcast.Telstar 1, launched by NASA from a Delta rocket, made the broadcast possible. UnlikeMore >>
Walter Cronkite gives the first public transatlantic television broadcast.More >>
Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:10 AM EDT2014-07-23 07:10:38 GMT
Two Laurel men who were charged with murder have now been released from jail after a Grand Jury no billed their murder charges. The Grand Jury returned "no true bills" for murder against Gregory Nix andMore >>
Two Laurel men who were charged with murder have now been released from jail after a Grand Jury no billed their murder charges. More >>
Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:10 AM EDT2014-07-23 04:10:22 GMT
Southern Miss, Ole Miss and Mississippi State. The competition between the trio encompasses all sports and USM Athletic Director Bill McGillis, offered his view into the rivalry. "Southern Miss is theMore >>
Southern Miss, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
The competition between the trio encompasses all sports and USM Athletic Director Bill McGillis, offered his view into the rivalry.